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JWB 'Rare' Caribbean shanties of Hugill, etc (247* d) RE: 'Rare' Caribbean shanties of Hugill, etc 29 Apr 09


I'm not at home tonight, so can't check the accuracy of my memory, but I recall learning "Huckleberry Hunting" from Colcord's Roll and Go in the early 1990s. I had never heard anyone sing it at that point, and being eager to expand the chantey repertoire of the community, I recorded it in 1996. The melody I used is from Colcord, and some of the lyrics, but I added lines from a version of "A Roving" to round out the story.

I subsequently sang lead on it for the album American Sea Chanteys, with the all-star chorus of Forebitter, Bob Walser, Jeff Davis, and Dave Peloquin.

I remember when he first heard me do it, Geoff Kaufman remarked, "Oh my God, another Ranzo Ray chantey!"


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